Lewis nails nine-darter on way to PDC title
Adrian Lewis produced one of the most memorable displays in the history of the PDC World Darts Championships as he landed a historic nine-dart finish en route to lifting the title with a 7-5 victory over Gary Anderson.
The 25-year-old from Stoke, schooled in the game by 15-times winner Phil Taylor, racked up the first ever nine-darter in a world final as he lifted his first PDC crown. He also landed 20 maximum 180s as part of a match total of 30 to beat Simon Whitlock's record of 58 in the tournament a year ago, with his tally ending at 60.
"It hasn't quite sunk in yet," Lewis said. "It took a lot of bottle for me to keep my courage after I'd done that nine-darter. I'm so over the moon but I need to push on now.
"I knew I had to come out strong against him and when I hit the two 180s, I knew that every day in practice I'd got close and missed the double 12. But I got it and I'm in dreamland."
Taylor, who watched on from the crowd, added: "I couldn't be more proud of him if he was my own son. It was a great final and I can't say enough about the pair of them."
The game could not have got off to a more explosive start, with Lewis landing his memorable finish in just the third game before taking the set 3-1.
Clearly stung, Anderson was off colour in the next set which Lewis took 3-0, although he struggled to a double-one finish in the first leg.
Anderson cleaned up in the third set, which he took 3-0 thanks to two stunning checkouts of 130 and 136, with Lewis moving 3-1 ahead in the next thanks to a 78 finish against the throw.
That forced Anderson onto the offensive and a 12-dart finish set him on his way to the fifth set before he plundered a 164 checkout to move back to 3-3.
Lewis floated in a 10-dart finish in a seventh set that he took 3-1 thanks to a maximum in each of the successful legs.
The standard remained unbelievably high, with Lewis landing a 97 finish against the throw to move 5-3 ahead, before registering five maximums in a ninth set he also dominated.
Anderson fought back, though, taking the 10th set 3-1 against the throw, before getting back to 6-5 with a 3-0 win.
But Lewis would not be denied in the 12th and finally clinched a brilliant win.